Originally Posted by Gingerbeef
Ooooo I just found this thread!!
Hi Everyone, I'm getting married in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Nov. 13. Using an amazing local photographer (www.cineart.ca). She spends most of her winters around the Caribbean so I was able to book her at her normal prices and she waived any travel fees. Shopped around Calgary for months, only to buy a dress in Redcliff, AB.
My travel company WAS Transat Vacations as of 2 days ago, but they just royally screwed us over. Half my wedding is departing from Calgary, the other half from Toronto on Sat-Sat which worked perfectly with our Wednesday wedding. Well Transat just decided to change the Calgary package to Thurs-Thurs. This is after we had our deposit paid, invites all sent out, people starting to book, etc.
We were told to book early because things were starting to book up then suddenly they change the dates and tell us that's what happens when you book so early. Our TA suggested 1) change the wedding date 2) fly everyone to Toronto (which would add $800 per person onto the TO package price for flight + overnight hotel) 3) Go with WestJet or AirCanada ($400 more per person and non-existent package, respectively). But we don't even have enough people travelling out of Calgary to qualify for their group rate (10 rooms min. where Transat was only 5) URRRG
SO FRUSTRATING!! We are at a loss as of what to do, other than tell everyone to just figure out their own thing and they don't have to pay way more than we told them in the invites. But how horrible is that?!
Nice to meet you all, and thanks for listening to my rant!
From what I understand, this is pretty common. Our TA told us right up front that our dates could change by a couple of days and to be prepared for that, since the actual flight schedules don't usually come out until a few months (maybe 6??) before. Its just too bad that your TA didn't warn you about this in the first place! But, I know its super frustrating to have to scramble to move things around. Hopefully your guests will be ok with leaving on the Thurs or you can move your wedding date by a day or so... Good luck with everything!